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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

On 7 November I ran my first ever half-marathon, a year after first 'getting off the couch'. I crossed the finish line in 1:43:39, apparently in 24th place of the 230 who started. But the important thing was just the being there, the sheer joy of running, the finishing, the knowing that I had set a goal and achieved it.

I had a wonderful time running along the scenic tracks and roads around Marysville although the hill climb to the waterfall - about km 13 to 17 - was nasty. The sprint downhill to the finish hammered my quadriceps as well so I was very sore the next day or two. Still, I now feel like a real athlete :-) And now that I'm 29kilograms (about 64 pounds) lighter than when I started exercising, I'm thrilled with the way I feel (and look) in general.
Having done this I'd now like to turn my sights to a full marathon. Possibly around March or April next year would suit me. There are no events where I live so I'll need to travel. I have been thinking about the Strasimeno in Italy although I haven't made my mind up yet. Please make a suggestion if you know of any fun marathon events. (There were plenty of times in my life when I could not have imagined 'marathon' and 'fun' appearing in the same sentence, so I've come a fair way!)

Hope you're all doing well too!
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SHIVAMOON 10/9/2011 6:53PM

    Alan, There is a fun marathon in Honolulu, Hawaii, but it's in December. For 2011 it's on Dec 11th. For 2012 it's on Dec 9th.

Wow, you're doing just great.

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TKADEEPBREATH 11/28/2010 1:21PM

    This is so amazing Alan, you should be very proud. The picutres are great. You make me want to start to run . . . (walking is what I've done so far!).

Way to go!!! Jan

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MATEYMATE1 11/26/2010 11:32PM

    Wow you actually did it.
Congrats you just rock.
Hugs Syl

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WONDERJUL 11/24/2010 11:24PM

    emoticon You look like an athlete as well! Way to go finishing your first half! I hope you find a marathon location and date that works well for you. Congrats on your weight loss as well!

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